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False Bird of Paradise
Heliconiaceae
Heliconia pendula var ‘Frosty’


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Heliconiaceae Family

Heliconia Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Red Waxy Heliconia, Pendent Heliconia, Hanging Heliconia, lobster-claw, wild plantain


Location

Native from Guatamala to Peru

Physical Description
Tropical, evergreen perennial with short rhizomes and smooth, leathery, 2 to 3 feet long, oblong leaves. Leaf undersides are whitish and waxy. Unusual, 3 to 12 inch long pendent inflorescences, resembling bird's of paradise, hold white sepaled flowers. Borne from spring through summer.

Pinkish red on lower half of the cheek and red on the upper half. It has light clear white frosting from the bottom up. Yellow lip and tip and deep red rachis.




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Heliconiaceae
Zingiberales
Zingiberales
Commelinidae
Monocots
Monocots
One First-Leaves (Monocots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Heliconias are an important food source for forest hummingbirds, especially the hermits (Phathornithinae), some of which – such as the Rufous-breasted Hermit (Glaucis hirsuta) – also use the plant for nesting. The Honduran White Bat (Ectophylla alba) also lives in tents it makes from heliconia leaves.

Cultivation: Heliconias should be planted in a draining soil with the top sticking out of the ground. Heliconias flourish well in loamy soils rich in humus. Heliconias need sunlight, with temperature that does not go below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Heliconias need an abundance of water

Propagation: From Rhizome cuttings. The eyes or buds, present in the heliconia rhizome helps to grow new shoots in about four weeks, while roots grow from the rhizome.





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